Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.2 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific

Tropical Storm Darby is located about 460 mi…740 km E of Hilo Hawaii and about 660 mi…1060 km ESE of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…W or 265 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Tropical Storm Estelle is located about 1415 mi…2275 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Tropical Storm Frank is located about 205 mi…330 km SW of Manzanillo Mexico and about 490 mi…785 km SSE of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…NW or 310 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Depression Eight-E is located about 865 mi…1390 km SSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Newsbytes:

China – Update – Flash floods caused by heavy downpours in northern China have left nearly 100 people dead or missing over the past several days. According to China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs, at least 24 people have been confirmed dead in the country’s northern province of Hebei during the torrential rain and ensuing floods that have been lashing the region since Monday. Hebei, with 72 people missing, has been declared the worst-hit among other affected northern provinces such as Shanxi, Henan and Shaanxi. Around 123,000 people in 11 cities across Hebei were forced to evacuate and more than 7,000 houses were destroyed. Traffic, power and communications were also disrupted. The rainfall has also affected some neighborhoods of the capital, Beijing, as water submerged some roads by more than two meters. Hundreds of flights were canceled to and from the capital city’s main international airport. The rail authority in the capital also said some high-speed rail services had to be delayed.

Nepal – Heavy rains since Tuesday night in many places, particularly in the eastern and central regions of the country, caused the water levels to rise in most rivers. Several incidents of floods were reported in these regions. Floods triggered by torrential rainfall in rivers and streams inundated dozens of places in Jhapa district. The water level in Narayani River in the central region rose beyond the danger level, causing floods in many parts of Nawalparasi district. In Pyuthan, a landslide swept away several houses in Kabad village on Wednesday.

Wildlife

Angrier Birds

Yet another study comparing the lives of city birds and country birds found that those living in urban areas are “angrier” than their rural counterparts, exhibiting significantly higher levels of territorial aggression.

“A possible reason for this is that these birds have less space but better resources to defend,” said Scott Davies, a Virginia Tech researcher who conducted the study.

He added that living around humans gives birds better shelter, but also means there is more competition for limited urban food.

Environment

Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 126.0 degrees Fahrenheit (52.2 degrees Celsius) in Nasiriyah, Iraq.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus -93.0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 69.4 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.

Disease

Hepatitis in Hawaii – Update

The hepatitis A outbreak in Oahu, Hawaii has grown by 22 cases in the past week, according to The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH), bringing the total outbreak cases to 74. Health officials say all cases have been in adults, 26 have required hospitalization.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka): The effusive-explosive eruption of the volcano continues with little changes. The lava flow remains active on the upper eastern flank while explosive activity in the summit crater and associated ash emissions have been more intermittent. A collapse of parts of the lava flow generated a pyroclastic flow that descended the Apakhonchic ravine on 17 July.

Alaid (Northern Kuriles): The thermal signal from the volcano detected via satellite data has become much weaker since its peak in the first week of July, when volcanic activity could be identified as new lava flows inside the summit caldera. This decrease suggests that the eruption (lava effusion) has either ended, or paused, or continues with greatly reduced strength only.

Nevados de Chillán (Central Chile): The volcano has been very calm during the past weeks, but now began again to emit occasional small ash puffs and pulsating gas emissions. In its latest bulletin, SERNAGEOMIN reported that no significant variations in monitoring parameters had been detected overall during the past 2 weeks, except a weak increase in SO2 output and the occurrence of (more than 700 in total) long-period earthquakes related to internal fluid movements.

Bristol Island (United Kingdom, South Sandwich Is): The eruption on the remote island continues. Recent satellite images show increased ash emissions as well as two dark stripes that likely are newly erupted lava flows to the west and northwest from Mount Sourabaya volcano.